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Comment Re:Unexpected consequences of paywalls. (Score 1) 700

He did charge the battery. To the point where the care said "Charging Complete"

It turns out, there's a special "extended range" mode that will put the battery at 100% instead of 90%. It reduces battery life.

Most normal people would consider "charging complete" to mean, you know, charging complete.

Comment Why always have be "origin of live of earth?" (Score 1) 43

Can't it just be "it was really neat down there and we found some awesome new bugs"? Does it always have to have implications for the origins of life on earth and other planets?" Stupid press release writers. Come'on - it's the frickin' Marriana Trench. You don't have to draw "deeper" implications.

Comment Ouch... (Score 2) 416

I'd offer advice, but you mentioned "I've just spent the majority of my adult life coding, with no other major skills to fall back on". That's your problem. If a developer is not continually growing skills outside of just cutting code, they only be cutting code until the day they grow obsolete. Which is usually pretty quick.

Have you learned an industry? Learned how to manage a project? Developers can move into product development consultant or general management. But if you have 20 years experience doing the same thing over and over again...good luck.


Submission + - New Mars photos are straight-up gorgeous->

derekmead writes: These photos from NASA’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera prove that space photos don’t have to just be evaluated on their technical and scientific value. They can also be beautiful.

The HiRISE camera is mounted on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), which took the lead snap inside an impact crater in the Noachis Terra region of southern Mars. As lovely as they are, the erosion patterns evidenced by the dunes help NASA scientists develop the sedimentary history of the region. The enhanced-color lead image clearly shows the wind-caused (sorry tin-hat folks) dunes with insane clarity: It covers an area about an entire kilometer across.

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Submission + - Federal judges wary of Facebook, Twitter impact on->

coondoggie writes: "The impact of social media such as Twitter, Facebook and Google+ and others on federal juries is a concern that judges are frequently taking steps to curb. According to a study 94% of the 508 federal judges who responded said they have specifically barred jurors from any case-connected use of social media."
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Submission + - Facebook Announces Two-Factor Authentication->

Orome1 writes: Facebook will be rolling out the two-factor authentication option which, once turned on, will ask users to insert a code when they try to log into the social network from a new device. The news was announced by Facebook's director of engineering Arturo Bejar, along with the change that will make Facebook automatically switch the user's session back to HTTPS after he or she is done using an application that doesn't support it.
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Submission + - CIA declassifies pages from their cookbook->

AngryNick writes: "The Washington Post reports today on the declassification of some of the CIA's oldest secrets:

So you want to open sealed envelopes without getting caught?

Here’s the secret, according to one of the six oldest classified documents in possession of the Central Intelligence Agency:

“Mix 5 drams copper acetol arsenate. 3 ounces acetone and add 1 pint amyl alcohol (fusil-oil). Heat in water bath — steam rising will dissolve the sealing material of its mucilage, wax or oil.”

But there’s a warning for the intrepid spy: “Do not inhale fumes.”

More recipes can be found on the CIA website."

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Comment Re:Lesson learned (Score 2, Insightful) 109

Lesson learned: there is no market for proprietary CPUs on MPP supercomputers. It's gone. If Cray and SGI couldn't do it, how are a couple guys from DEC and Novell going to pull it off?
It's always sad when someone's dream fails, but come'on guys. You're pursuing a 15-years-ago market, just like DEC and Novell did when they died (okay, Novell exists, but it is irrelevant).

Supercomputers are commodity processors increasingly in commodity boxes running commodity open-source software. A supercomputer running slower processors is not going to cut it.

It was kinda like stuffing the wrong card in a computer, when you're stickin' those artificial stimulants in your arm. -- Dion, noted computer scientist